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Bell Community Adult School Gage Middle School Huntington Park Community Adult School Linda Marquez High School Miles Elementary School Slawson Occupational Center South East High School Tweedy Learning Center
Adult Basic Education Adult Secondary Education Career Technical Education English As a Second Language
Schedule of Classes
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Contemporary Composition

This competency-based course is designed to develop reading comprehension, literary analysis, writing, and listening and speaking skills. A particular emphasis on academic, workplace, and reflective/autobiographical composition is integrated with a focus on significant works of American literature. A diagnostic test of editing and proofreading skills facilitates a targeted review of punctuation, usage, and sentence structure. Students discuss, analyze and interpret the short story, poetry, drama, the novel, and works of non-fiction. The Internet is employed as a research tool for enhancing reading and writing tasks. Students review the writing process and fundamentals of composition: the topic sentence, paragraph structure, the thesis statement, and the use of a rubric. Essay form is reviewed through the discussion and analysis of exemplary writing, and students develop a portfolio of depth and variety: a reflective essay, an essay of definition, descriptive and narrative compositions, an essay of literary analysis, a letter of application, and a script for a multimedia presentation. The competencies in this course are aligned with the English-Language Arts Content Standards for California Public Schools. This course has been approved to satisfy the “b” (English subject area of the UC/CSU “a-g” requirements for freshman admission. The NCAA has approved this course for use in establishing the initial eligibility certification status of student athletes schools in the Division.



  1. A minimum reading level of 9.0 as measured by the TABE D7/8 reading comprehension test
  2. Writing fluency at an English 4 placement level, determined by a student writing sample and evaluated by the receiving English instructor
  3. Mastery of the competencies of English 4 (23-10-74)
  4. Recommendation of an instructor and/or a counselor